Course name Experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development (Master’s level)
Course date 11.03.2024 - 26.05.2024
Institution HUMAK University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 5 ECTS credit

Field 4everyone HUB, Humanities and Education HUB, Hospitality Management HUB
Teacher Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen
Available for open UAS Chargeable
Level Master’s level

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Enrolment period 21.11.2022 - 15.12.2023
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Experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development (Master’s level)

11.03.2024 - 26.05.2024

Course description

Experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development (5 ECTS, Master’s level) explores the delivery of experiential learning and adventure education in various professional and work settings and provides students with an opportunity to examine the scope and potential of these approaches. During the course, participants will develop their competence in pedagogical development work and reflection, and become familiar with current research and discussions around learning, competence, development, and growth.

The online course will be organized in English which enables an international learning environment.

Key contents

  • Pedagogical development, agency, leadership
  • Experiential learning and adventure education in different communities and environments
  • Current discussions and research.

Target group

The course is intended for both students and professionals in the fields of education and schooling, youth work, NGO work, sports and physical education, rehabilitation, and social work. Prior studies in community education or adventure education are not required, however degree studies in these fields are recommended and will provide useful background for the course.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Examine professional and work environments from the pedagogical perspective
  • Understand the perspectives of experiential learning and adventure education in pedagogical development work
  • Critically examine current research and discussions around learning, competence, development, and growth
  • Develop pedagogical expertise, actions, activities, practices and communities in different environments
  • Develop competence in reflection.


The participants of the course should be willing to listen, read, write and speak English. This Master’s level (EQF 7) course equals 5 ECTS (1 ECTS credit point equals about 27 study hours).

Assessment criteria

Assessment: approved – not completed

Course way of working and time table

Online course which includes webinars, independent study, individual and group assignments, a learning and/or development task.

It is strongly recommended to attend the webinars, which are held as follows (Finnish time):

  • 20.03.2024 at 13.00-16.00
  • 03.04.2024 at 13.00-16.00
  • 17.04.2024 at 13.00-16.00
  • 08.05.2024 at 09.00-15.00

Course additional info

Student feedback

“The subject of the course is very interesting and all course materials were interesting too. And there is still a lot to learn!”

“Clear instructions and step-by-step delivery of the course with assignments.”

“It was nice that the learners had lots of freedom choosing subjects, materials and ways to carry out tasks.”

“Interesting lectures, good conversations!”

Course enrolment info

NB! If you are a student at HAMK, Turku UAS or XAMK, please enrol via Peppi/Pakki. “RIPA, a cross-institutional study service for higher education institutions, enables higher education students to complete studies at another higher education institution without enrolment through a separate portal. Each student sees the course selection intended for them and can register in the student administration system of their home institution (Peppi/Pakki).”Read more here.

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